Category: Data Management

Git/GitHub: A Primer for Researchers

I might be what a guy named Everett Rogers would call an “early adopter“. Rogers wrote a book back in 1962 call The Diffusion of Innovation, wherein he explains how and why technology spreads through cultures. The “adoption curve” from his book has been widely used to  visualize the point at which a piece of technology or […]

Abandon all hope, ye who enter dates in Excel

Big thanks to Kara Woo of Washington State University for this guest blog post! Update: The XLConnect package has been updated to fix the problem described below; however, other R packages for interfacing with Excel may import dates incorrectly. One should still use caution when storing data in Excel. Like anyone who works with a lot of […]

Horizon 2020, Research Data Management, You, and Us.

Horizon 2020[i] is the European Union’s latest research and innovation funding programme, making €80 billion available in the seven years between now and 2020. Horizon 2020 embraces the global movement amongst research funders that requires data generated be made available for verification, … Continue reading

RDA Meeting Part 2: The Meeting in DC

In last week’s post, I outlined the basic structure of the Research Data Alliance, a group intent on enabling international data sharing and collaboration. I attended the recent RDA 2nd Plenary in Washington, DC last week, and will share a few insights below. The Good Stuff The RDA has some seriously admirable ambitions, and they […]

RDA Meeting Part 1: The RDA Organization

This week nearly 400 data nerds flooded the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, for the second Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance. I was among those nerds, and I’ll review some highlights of the #RDAplenary in my next blog post. First, however, I want to provide an overview of this thing called […]

The Data Lineup for #ESA2013

In less than  week, the Ecological Society of America’s 2013 Meeting will commence in Minneapolis, MN. There will be zillions of talks and posters on topics ranging from microbes to biomes, along with special sessions on education, outreach, and citizen science. So why am I going? For starters, I’m a marine ecologist by training, and this […]

Software Carpentry and Data Management

About a year ago, I started hearing about Software Carpentry. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but I envisioned tech-types showing up at your house with routers, hard drives, and wireless mice to repair whatever software was damaged by careless fumblings. Of course, this is completely wrong. I now know that it is actually […]

Software for Reproducibility Part 2: The Tools

Last week I wrote about the workshop I attended (Workshop on Software Infrastructure for Reproducibility in Science), held in Brooklyn at the new Center for Urban Science and Progress, NYU. This workshop was made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and brought together heavy-hitters from the reproducibility world who work on software for workflows. I provided some broad-strokes overviews last […]

Webinar Series on Data Management & DMPTool

One of the services we run at the California Digital Library is the DMPTool – this is an online tool that helps researchers create data management plans by guiding them through a series of prompts based on funder requirements. The tool provides resources and help in the form of links, help text, and suggested answers. […]